Until recently, Paul Willcocks of the blog Paying Attention was one of the truly fine journalists working at Postmedia newspapers. Unlike some electronic epistolarians, Paul offers a fair degree of respect to corporate journalists, many of whom are former colleagues. Nevertheless, his issue analysis is always fair minded and usually faultless.
He and partner Jody Paterson are on an adventure of undetermined duration, now in Honduras as CUSO International volunteers. The picture here is of a street market near Copan Ruinas where Paul and Jody spend time. I wonder if Hondurans ready their bananas for sale with gas generators pumping ethylene into air tight, temperature and humidity controlled ripening vaults, as we do in Canada.
Happily, Paul still provides commentary about British Columbia’s political landscape. Paying Attention should be on the list of sites you visit regularly.
The great problem of Clark’s missed opportunity to lead is a recent example from his work, which often humbles both professional and amateur pundits:
Leaders, in any context, need to be able to set out a vision. People in the organization – or party – won’t all agree, but they’ll know the goals and be able to articulate them. And, on some level, help to achieve them. Leaders can hang on without them, of course. They have the power to enforce discipline. But entropy sets in.
..Clark’s fallback position seems to be to campaign on the argument that people who don’t actually like the Liberals or their current direction must vote for them anyway to keep the NDP out of power.
The argument is sound. Votes for the Conservatives, in most ridings, increase the chances of an NDP victory. (Though the latest poll showing the Liberals and Conservatives tied undermines Clark’s claim to automatic support.)
But it smacks of arrogance and is incredibly uninspiring. “Vote for us – even if you think we’re doing a lousy job. You have no choice.
Categories: Clark, Christy